Regional Internet Service Expansion (RISE) Project in Louisa County
The RISE Project is an initiative by Firefly Fiber Broadband, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC), to provide internet access to all underserved homes and businesses in 13 counties in Central Virginia. Firefly offers gigabit-speed internet via fiber to the premise that is reliable and affordable. Through a partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC), Dominion Energy Virginia, and the counties of Albemarle, Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Powhatan, Firefly’s RISE Project will make high-speed internet accessible to more than 45,000 locations and 112,000 Virginians.
In the VATI project area, the partnership of REC, Dominion and Firefly will build about 4,000 miles of fiber and pass about 36,000 homes, totaling $288 million. That total includes $79 million in VATI funds and $33.5 million from the county partners.
The VATI leverage areas, built in coordination with the VATI buildout, add 600 miles of fiber, pass 5,500 homes, and cost $23.3 million. The contingent areas add 325 miles and 2,700 more passings. The areas also add $25 million with $5.8 million from VATI and $1.9 million from the county partners.
The total RISE Project will cost $330 million, take approximately three years to complete, and include 5,000 miles of fiber construction.
Stay apprised of the latest updates to this project by visiting our RISE Project page at: https://www.fireflyva.com/rise/.
Work Underway to Expand Broadband to REC Member-Owners in Louisa
July 13, 2021 – Some Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) member-owners in Louisa County are one step closer to having access to broadband internet service. Read More.
Firefly Fiber BroadbandSM Will Expand in Louisa County Sooner Than Planned
April 30, 2021 – Firefly Fiber BroadbandSM, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC), announced that their fiber broadband and voice-over-IP phone service will be available in the Henson’s Store area of Louisa County sooner than anticipated. Read More.
Louisa County, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Firefly Fiber Broadband, and Dominion Energy Proposed Partnership to Bring Broadband to Louisa County
March 1, 2021 – Efforts to provide broadband internet service in Louisa County took a leap forward when officials announced today a recently proposed partnership with the energy utilities serving the community. Bob Babyok, Chairman of the Louisa County Board of Supervisors, announced that Louisa County is finalizing a partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC), Firefly Fiber BroadbandSM, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, and Dominion Energy Virginia to ensure high-speed internet access is available to all of the homes and businesses in the County. Read More.
Hanback / Spring Hill
This work is part of the Firefly RISE project designed to ensure every location in Louisa County has access to broadband connectivity.
The work is funded in part by Louisa County, and in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Telecommunications Initiative.